David Belle - en

16. března 2008 v 15:20 | Loli |  Parkour

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The founder and most famous practitioner of parkour, David Belle was born on 29th April 1973 in Fécamp in Seine-Maritime area of Normandy, France and raised by his maternal grandfather, a former Regimental Sergeant-Major of the Parisian sapeurs-pompiers (the military fire service). David's father, Raymond Belle, was a soldier in the French Army and served in Dalat in Vietnam. Raymond was greatly influenced by the pioneering French physical education practitioner, theorist and instructor, George Hebert, and eventually passed on his passion for physical activity to his son. At 15 years old, David left school and moved to the Parisian suburb of Lisses. It was at this time that he began to develop the disciplines that would eventually become what we now know as parkour or free running.
Still following in his father's footstep, David joined the fire brigade and obtained the UFOLEP certificate of gymnastics leadership, and later went on to join a regiment of the French marine corps at Vannes where he became the Regimental rope-climbing record holder and champion (just as his father had been), gained a certificate of honour for his gymnastic agility, and was first in the Essonne obstacle course championship. Continuing to develop his own version of a discipline partly practiced by soldiers as the 'parcours du combattant' (military obstacle course), and by firefighters as the 'parcours SP', David made some videos to illustrate his capabilities. In May 1997, the first footage of David in action was screened to correspondents from the French television sports programme Stade 2. Amazed by the footage, they decided to film a piece about David the following week and the rest is history.
David subsequently met with actor Hubert Kounde (star of La Haine) who initiated him into the arts of theatre, and helped him take his first steps in the medium of film. David soon appeared in several pop promo videos and in 2001 made his feature film debut in L'Engrenage, followed by small roles in Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale (2002) and Elia Suleiman's Divine Intervention (2002).
It was after his brother sent a demo video to Luc Besson that David was finally to get his big break. Impressed by what he saw, Besson originally wanted to feature David in the film, Yamakasi (2001). Things didn't work out, but Besson put David in touch with Cyril Raffaelli and the pair became great friends. The following year, David gained national recognition in the UK when he appeared in a short 'station ident' film for the BBC called Rush Hour, in which he played a man who races home from his office across the rooftops of London in order to catch the start of his favourite BBC TV programme. Finally, in 2004, Luc Besson got his way when David and Cyril were cast in the lead roles of director Pierre Morel's action-thriller, District 13, written and produced by Besson.
Selected Filmography
District 13 (2004)
Divine Intervention (2002)
Femme Fatale (2002)
Engrenage, L' (2001)
Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004)

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